Alice’s Adventures Beyond the Canal – meet the author and researchers

15 October, 7:30 pm

2 hrPWYD

Performance / Discussion | Environment & Nature, Literature & Poetry, Space, Technology

Marking the 150th anniversary of Alice Through the Looking-Glass, you are invited to join a modern Alice as she embarks on her new journey. Meet the author and international research teams that inspired this adventure and discover unusual galaxies, ways to understand voices and language, and technologies helping astronauts work better in microgravity. Talk to researchers protecting orcas with A.I. and ask why bat microbiomes are now a global priority research area.

Read the story

Meet the author:

JC Niala is a writer and social scientist, based in Oxford, who practices public engagement with research. Her reimagining of Alice’s story emerged from conversations with researchers from across the globe, now working in the USA and UK. JC’s narrative non-fiction book A Loveliness of Ladybirds based on her urban gardening research in Kenya and the UK will be published by Little Toller in November 2022.



Meet the researchers:

Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil is a post-doctoral research associate a the University of Arizona, and is searching for the most peculiar objects in the universe. Her research led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy, now commonly referred to as Burçin’s Galaxy. Her findings have been featured by CNN, Science Daily, Astronomy Magazine, Independent, and MPR News, among many others.



Gracie Ermi is a Research Engineer at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, where she builds technology platforms to support wildlife research including projects related to sharks, elephants, killer whales and bottlenose dolphins! She is also passionate about science communication, and as an ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Initiative, she has shared her work and her STEM story with audiences around the world. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and hiking in the incredible Pacific Northwest.



Adele Luta is a scientist and innovator based in Texas. She is an Exploration Spacewalk Integration Manager. Her training as a physicist has allowed her to work in many research fields including researching the mind, nuclear physics, and teamwork. She is a private pilot and SCUBA diver. She unites ocean and sky by applying her expertise in diving to spacesuits and lunar landers for NASA moon missions.



Supported by the U.S. Embassy London


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